Looking for More STEM? Here’s How You Actually Inspire Your Child’s Mind

Girls and STEM

There’s so much I like about Verizon’s new “Inspire Her Mind” commercial (seen below and here), but something about it left me feeling unsettled.

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TinkerLab DrawBot: Simple STEM Fun for Kids!

Draw Bot

This may be my “Cool, Mom!” highlight of the summer!

And it only cost about $5 in parts!

After reading about the Draw Bot in Rachelle Doorley’s inspiring book, TinkerLab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors(*affiliate link), I knew that needed to by my boys’ first stop on this TinkerLab ride!

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It’s OK NOT to Share Section 6: Bad Words, Polite Words, and Lies

 

sorry 2

Saying sorry.  Swearing and potty talk.  Little lies and full blown deception.

These may seem like lighter topics than some of the others we’ve covered in Heather Shumaker’s book, It’s OK Not to Share and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids (*affiliate), but in reality they’re often big, hot-button issues for many parents and teachers.

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Weekend Reads: 6.22.14 — HOP for HOPE

HOP for HOPE

We all have them.  Those moments when we realize we’ve taken some of life’s most miraculous moments for granted.  I’ve been blessed to bring home four healthy baby boys.  Fairly uneventful beyond the profound wonder that is birth.

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TinkerLab Book Blog Tour: Q&A with Rachelle Doorley

 Tinkerlab take two

 Whether you’re a teacher or a parent, if you’re interested in promoting creativity, problem solving, curiosity, critical thinking, and tinkering in the lives of the children you love and teach, then get ready —- you’re going to love Rachelle Doorley’s new book,Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors(*affiliate link).

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It’s OK NOT to Share Section 5: Creativity, Persistence, and Empty Praise

art

I promise I didn’t read ahead!

But I’ve written quite a few posts recently that dovetail right in with what Heather Shumaker wrote in this next section of her book, It’s OK Not to Share (*affiliate link).  So when I hopped in to read this section, it was another “Amen” session for me!

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The Benefits of Arts and Crafts (Yes, Both!) for Kids

arts and crafts

It’s funny how we often debate things with a black/white, either/or paradigm.

Like whether preschool is for play or learning, for instance.

Or order vs chaos.  (Controlled chaos for me, please.)

Or a little bit country vs a little bit rock n roll.

 

Or arts and crafts.

 

Yes, for many in the early education/child development world, the debate about arts and crafts rages on, with nary a UN negotiator to step in and help.

Like most debates, however, camping out in either extreme generally misses the point.

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How To Turn Photography Into A Personalized Learning Opportunity With Your Kids – Part 2

Here’s the promised second installment from the fabulous Beryl Young, creator of Momtographie*(Find Part 1 here.)

Using photos to teach

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